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Brooklyn Boy Leaves School, but Good Samaritan Guides him Home

Echoes of Avonte Oquendo

Five-year-old Malachi, who has cerebral palsy, left his Brooklyn charter school via a door that locked behind him. A man who encountered Malachi in the street walked him home to his apartment building.

Malachi's mother, Sharon DeVore-Nelson, was waiting for the school bus when she received a call from the school that Malachi was missing. DeVore-Nelson told the New York Daily News, “I started crying and thinking about Avonte,” referring to the 14-year-old boy with autism who ran out of his Queens school last October and was the subject of a citywide search until his remains washed up on a College Point beach in January. “I was going crazy.”

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